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Artist Colony // Zali Bartholemew


Yeesh, I've been a little slack on blogging/instagram lately but I hope to get back on track soon. Sorry, about that..

Annnnyyy way. I'm really excited to say that I have Zali from Miss Zali Blog here today. *screams a little* *starts hysterically crying from happiness* Ahhh Zali is such an inspiration and was defiantly a big part in my "I want to create a blog" phase. Her blog is completely gorgeous and I don't even have to say anything about her art work because it just speaks for itself. But I will, because that is what this post is about.

So for all of you that don't know who Zali is... Zali is a 15 year old creative. She has done everything from model with The Lost Girls to her own commissioned cards. Her artworks are so fun, majestic and always make you think of everything fine and dandy.

I asked Zali a few questions (as per usual) so her they are, folks.

How has your style changed since you started blogging, until now?

Yes, very much. I went through a very kind of scrapbooky, mix-matched stage. But I think as I've grown older I've become more minimalistic and clean.

If you could only draw one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Why?

I would probably draw people, I really enjoy drawing them and creating personalities for all my characters. I like deciding their names, fashion sense, and brief history. I don't know, its just fun.

Who are your inspirations? How do they inspire you?

I do get inspired by other artists, in particular Oliver Jeffers, Kelly Smith and one of my art teachers Anne Smerdon. But I think I am mostly inspired by nature, its ever-changing. And I think that's important when you're an artist, to be ever-changing, evolving.. Always original.

How did you discover your illustrations style?

Well, I guess it sort of just evolved from trying out all different styles, I am about to release some new art which is quite different. I think its just become what it is from experimenting and trying new mediums etc.

Is your style still evolving?

Yes, I think it definitely is.

If you could be one artist for a whole day, who would you be? Why?

I'm not really sure, I don't know if I'd want to be another artist.. I think being an artist is so completely being yourself, and your art comes from your own experiences and emotions. So I don't think I would want to be doing someone else art, it'd be confusing and not fulfilling I don't think.

5 facts about you?

My favourite season is Summer.

Seashells make me happy.

Im an instagram addict :D.

My favourite brand is Country Road.

Ahaha they're so random!

Explain artist block? What do you do to fix it?

Hmm.. Well I think artists block is different for everyone. But for me its when my head feels foggy and un-inspired. I feel really blah. What I do to get over it is get off any devices and just sit outside, think about things that make me happy. If I have artists block I NEVER look at other artists work, from personal experience, whatever you create next always looks suspiciously like their art. I always go back to nature, and sometimes I just need a rest and a break from creating.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

I think be original, that would be the best advice I've ever had, and sometimes its hard to follow. But your art always looks much better when it comes from your own head.

Describe your personal style.

I think its very clean, a bit minimalistic, beachy.. I really love boho. My mum calls my style 'Conservative Boho' hahaha.

Describe your workspace and/or send in photos.

I kinda have two workspaces, one in my room where I allow myself to do art and create things, I can do things that inspire me in there. I don't let myself bring any schoolwork or stuff I find stressful, stuff that has limits and deadlines into my room, I want my room to be a place I can escape to, with none of the busy vibes hanging around. Then I have a big desk in our family office/study, that's were I allow myself do really do anything, I do all my schoolwork, blogging etc there.

Thank you Zali for being involved in Artist Colony. You can check out Zali's blog here, instagram here, and purchase her work here.

Well that's all for today. If you guys have anything you would like to see in the future on my blog, please place them in the comment box. I would love to hear from you!!